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How Is Inhumanity Shown In Django Unchained

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Django Unchained, directed by Quentin Tarantino, is an adventure western movie set in Texas 1858 that highlights the attitudes held at that time. Through the use of symbolic codes, audio codes, and technical codes Tarantino highlights the texts central issues and presents them to challenge the viewers own attitudes. As a white male teenager living in a first world country, I find the central issues challenging to my own attitudes as I don’t agree with slavery, racial prejudice, and white supremacy. Django Unchained follows the story of a slave that stops at nothing to rescue his imprisoned wife, Broomhilda, from the grasp of a cotton plantation owner who is using slaves to make his fortune.

Tarantino uses symbolic codes throughout the movie to present the injustice and inhumanity shown towards black people during the 1850’s, with the majority of slaves being dressed in the same style of clothing, and some having to fight each other as a sport. This challenges my attitudes as a white male teenager as my attitudes oppose these directly. In one particular scene where black slaves are forced to walk in chains with whip lashes shown blatantly, the
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One humorous scene which was designed to reference the KKK had one master and his workers wear bags over their heads as masks in order to attempt to kill Django, which ultimately failed but presented the idea that white people in the 1850’s thought they were justified in taking another man’s life, as long as they were black. “we’re gonna whoop that ni**er lover to death! And I am personally gonna strip and clip that gaboon myself!” the audience is positioned to respond negatively towards this statement as it conflicts with the majority of viewers attitudes and morals, and is openly offensive with the language
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